Broward crews were out early Monday assessing damage, and found “mid to moderate flooding in isolated areas,’’ said Margaret Stapleton, spokeswoman for the county’s Emergency Operations Center.
PortMiami and Port Everglades reopened Monday for landside operations only. Waterside operations at the ports were still restricted pending completion of channel surveys and safe sea conditions.
South Floridians were advised to head out cautiously, if at all, so city workers could clean up debris and check basic services that were shut down for the storm on Sunday.
Tri-Rail announced no service Monday, giving the time for engineers to do track inspections and maintenance in order to resume service Tuesday.
For South Florida, Isaac’s broad tail of rain could continue to remain a pain. But the storm largely amounted to what Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez called a practice run for a region that dodged its first hurricane strike since Wilma in 2005. Forecasters had predicted it might hit the Keys as a Category 1 hurricane.
“It’s a good thing. We prepared for the worst,’’ Gimenez said. “Obviously we’re not going to get the worst. It’s a relief.’’
Relief was the consensus among many in South Florida.
At Hallandale Beach’s Ingalls Park, city crews picked up dozens of fallen tree limbs and raked a bunch of leaves as the strong wind continued to blow.
“We were very, very fortunate,’’ said city spokesman Peter Dobens.
Crews were out Sunday and Monday city-wide filling truck beds and trailers with tree debris.
One tree at Ingalls Park lay resting on the park’s bridge. Dobens said that citywide there were only a few full trees down.
“There was a lot of wind, a lot of rain,’’ Dobens said. “It could have been worse.’’
In Hollywood, crews worked overnight into Monday morning clearing tree debris, said Raelin Storey, a city spokeswoman.
Despite concerns of flooding in Hollywood’s low-lying areas, though, Storey said the city “came through it pretty well.’’
Storey said the city suffered sporadic power outages, about a dozen felled trees and minimal standing water.
“All in all not too bad,’’ she said.
Homestead also appeared no worse for the wear.
“We’re doing pretty well,’’ said Homestead’s city manager, George Gretsas. “As of today, we’ve had minor flooding here or there, we’ve had very few power outages and mostly very little in terms of major debris.’’
The Homestead Police Department reported up to two feet of standing water in residential communities and a few sink holes possibly forming. One tree was downed.
The area’s agricultural community also fared relatively well. But some avocado trees lost fruit and broke branches in the high winds, said Teresa Olczyk, director of the Miami-Dade County/University of Florida Cooperative Extension office.
Agriculture officials are set to tour South Dade’s fields later Monday morning and will know the extent of the damage by the afternoon, they said.
“Thank goodness, it’s nothing like a serious hurricane,’’ Olczyk said.
Though damage appeared to be minimal to non-existent, emergency managers urged residents to head out cautiously, if at all, so workers could clean up debris and check equipment.